The purpose of the Prize for Undergraduate Library Research is to recognize academic excellence in student research utilizing library resources and information literacy practices.
To be eligible to win, applicants must:
Completed applications will include the following:
Completed application packages must be submitted online via this form by 11:59 PM on Monday, April 17, 2023. (*Note that the reflective essay and paper can be submitted as part of the same Word document. See the examples of past prize winners, below.)
A panel composed of University of Northwestern – St. Paul faculty and librarians will judge entries on the evidence of the applicant’s research strategy and personal learning as evinced in the paper and bibliography, and summarized in a reflective essay.
Submissions will be evaluated based on how well they demonstrate the following:
An award of $300 will be given to the submitted paper that best exemplifies the selection criteria.
The reflective essay is the centerpiece of an application for this prize. It unites the research paper, resources, and intellectual and creative efforts that brought your work to fruition. The essay allows you to explain your engagement with and passion for your subject and your material.
The reflective essay is the narrative that gives life to your scholarly process.
The winner of the 2022 Prize for Undergraduate Library Research is Annika Duch!
Annika is a student in Northwestern’s School of Nursing, and she submitted the paper she wrote for the Evidence-Based Services class. Her paper is entitled, “A Review on the Usage of the Uterotonics Oxytocin-Methylergometrine and Oxytocin-Misoprostol in Effectiveness of Maternal Outcomes in Postpartum Hemorrhage."
One of the faculty reviewers wrote, “This was a wonderfully written research paper and a true work of scholarship. It’s widely known that the world loses thousands of women every year to preventable deaths related to pregnancy, birth, and the acute postpartum period. It was encouraging to me to see a student paper focused on one aspect of this unacceptable reality. The tone was exceedingly professional, the organization was very clear, and the information was presented concisely."
Another reviewer wrote, “Great concise analysis of the research you surveyed—it was very clear in highlighting strengths and weaknesses. You presented findings with clarity, and the work felt reliable. . . Overall, fantastic job."
The winner of the 2021 Prize for Undergraduate Library Research is Madison Greven! Madison's paper is entitled, "Sentimental Morality: Warner, Stowe, Cummins, and the Development of Ethics in American Fiction" written for the Senior Capstone in Literature. One of the faculty reviewers wrote, "The author has written an excellent research paper which is firmly rooted in the analysis of literary texts and appropriate secondary literature. The paper demonstrates a solid understanding of literary style and historical context. The quality of writing is exceptional!"
- Senior Capstone -
One reviewer wrote, "This is a strong paper with a significant topic, thoughtful research, and clear writing.
- Honors Component Theory of Second Language Acquisition -
This student has completed an excellent research project."
- Music History I -
One of the reviewers said of Baum's entry, "The work draws on an appropriate range of resources and carefully evaluates these works. The writing is clear, thoughtful, and convincing." Another reviewer noted that Baum's paper was innovative, "exploring less-obvious connections between theology, history, and music."
- History Seminar -
One of the faculty reviewers wrote, “This student describes an ambitious research project which led him to explore an off-campus research center in addition to the range of resources available via Northwestern. The paper draft is clear and well-written; he clearly introduces his topic and provides evidence for his thesis.” Another reviewer described the paper as “superior in its gathering, synthesizing, and integrating of sources.”
- Senior Capstone -
One of the reviewers wrote, "I appreciate this essay's complexity, its sophistication - it connects unexpected (or, at least, non-obvious) sources, and it adds an ethical dimension and depth that's often neglected in broader coverage of this topic." Another reviewer wrote, "This is a very comprehensive senior thesis that synthesized large amounts of research material. Also, the reflective essay was very specific in search strategies and goals."
- Literature Senior Capstone -
One of the reviewers said of her paper, “This is an outstanding paper and deserves high praise.”